Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Fw: TheList 4630

The List 4630

To All,
I hope that your week has started well. The rain came to SoCal today and the body shop guys are dancing in their paint booths.
. This Day In Naval History – January 8, 2018
Jan. 9
1861—The steamship Star of the West is fired on by Confederate troops from Morris Island and Fort Moultrie as she attempted to enter Charleston Harbor, S.C. These are the first pre-Confederate shots fired at a northern-based vessel.
1918—The Naval Overseas Transportation Service, (now the Military Sealift Command), is established to carry cargo during World War I.
1942—Submarine USS Pollack (SS 180) sinks the Japanese freighter Teian Maru (ex-Yugoslav Tomislav) 40 miles south-southwest of Inubo Saki, Japan.
1945—Amphibious ships from Task Force 7 land the Sixth Army on Lingayen Gulf, Luzon, Philippines. The troops are lightly opposed and the amphibious stage proceeds smoothly, yet the kamikaze presence is felt after sunset.
1959—Non-strategic submarine Halibut (SSGN 587), launches. Redesignated an attack submarine in 1965, she serves until decommissioned in 1986.
1993—Fast Attack Submarine USS Springfield (SSN 761) is commissioned.
2016 Today in History January 9
Philip V of Spain declares war on France.
Thomas Paine publishes Common Sense, a scathing attack on King George III's reign over the colonies and a call for complete independence.
The Ottomans sign a treaty with the Russians ending a five year war.
Jean Pierre Blanchard makes the first balloon flight in North America.
Southern shellfire stops the Union supply ship Star of the West from entering Charleston Harbor on her way to Fort Sumter.
Mississippi secedes from the Union.
Count Zeppelin announces plans for his airship to carry 100 passengers.
A Polar exploration team lead by Ernest Shackleton reaches 88 degrees, 23 minutes south longitude, 162 degrees east latitude. They are 97 nautical miles short of the South Pole, but the weather is too severe to continue.
Colonel Theodore Roosevelt announces that he will run for president if asked.
Pancho Villa signs a treaty with the United States, halting border conflicts.
Ford Motor Co. stock is valued at nearly $1 billion.
Soviet planes drop leaflets on the surrounded Germans in Stalingrad requesting their surrender with humane terms. The Germans refuse.
U.S. troops land on Luzon, in the Philippines, 107 miles from Manila.
French General Leclerc breaks off all talks with Vietnam's Ho Chi Minh.
Jackie Robinson becomes the highest paid player in Brooklyn Dodger history.
U.S. forces kill six Panamanian students protesting in the canal zone.
Cambodian Government troops open a drive to avert insurgent attack on Phnom Penh.
The Assembly of the Serb People in Bosnia and Herzegovina proclaims the creation of a new state within Yugoslavia, the Rupublika Srpska.
A raid by Chechen separatists in the city of Kizlyar turns into a hostage crisis involving thousands of civilians.
Mahmoud Abbas wins election to replace Yasser Arafat as President of the Palestinian National Authority.
The Comprehensive Peace Agreement to end the Second Sudanese Civil War is signed by the Government of Sudan and the Sudan People's Liberation Movement.
Steve Jobs, CEO of Apple, unveils the first iPhone.
To bad so many have no idea of Common Sense
With our thanks to THE Bear at http://www.rollingthunderremembered.com/
January 8, 2018   Bear Taylor  
RIPPLE SALVO… #673… An anti-war document that was written in 1967, got legs in the anti-war movement of 1968. Saul Alinsky's "Rules for Radicals" followed in 1971 and has become the handbook for the legion of anti-government organizations now preparing for the summer and fall of 2018. Change was the cry in 1968 and remains the battlecry of the left today. Alinsky writes:  change is movement. Movement is friction. Friction is conflict. So it was in 1968 and will be in 2018. History is the teacher….but first…
Good Morning: Day SIX HUNDRED-SEVENTY-THREE of a return of fifty years to the days of Rolling Thunder, the air war fought in the skies of North Vietnam…
Thanks to Tam and Dutch for passing this on.
WALSH: Stop Congratulating Yourselves, Hollywood. You Hypocritical, Self-Serving Cowards.
Matt WalshJanuary 8, 2018
An actress showed up on the Golden Globes red carpet last night wearing a sweatshirt with the words "Poverty is Sexist" emblazoned across it. The sweatshirt costs $380. It was a perfect microcosm of the entire night, and the film industry as a whole: vapid, ridiculous, clueless, meaningless, self-serving, self-righteous, self-defeating, hypocritical, phony.
I didn't watch the event because I decided to stab butter knives into my eye sockets instead, but the media tells me that the ceremony was "inspiring" and "powerful," as all of Hollywood's biggest celebrities took turns making theatrical statements in condemnation of their own cowardice and degeneracy. The women wore black dresses in protest against sexual harassment, and the men showed solidarity by boldly wearing the same black tuxedos they would have worn anyway. The slogan of the night was "Time's Up," because the fake campaign against sexual harassment didn't already have enough slogans.
Oprah Winfrey took a break from smooching Harvey Weinstein to deliver a rousing speech about the need to believe and defend women who are abused. The night went on like this, apparently. The viewing audience was subjected to one moralizing lecture after another from people who either participated in, or kept their mouth shut about, Hollywood's sexual assault problem until they had no choice but to speak against it. Now they want us to applaud their courage. And many people seem more than happy to oblige.
Not me.
Imagine if Penn State had thrown itself a party months after the Sandusky scandal broke, given itself awards, and wagged its finger at everyone else, scolding us for our failure to defend the innocent. I doubt the event would have come to a close before the ballroom was swarmed by an angry mob and the attendees were forced to flee while being pelted with their plates of caviar. Of course I would never wish such a fate upon our illustrious film stars (though it would have been the most entertaining thing to ever happen at an awards show, hands down) but I think such a response from the general public would have been healthy. Healthier, anyway, than falling to our knees in praise and thanksgiving, not only forgiving Hollywood for the evil it has done, but allowing it to reclaim its false position as a moral authority empowered to instruct to common man and harangue him for his ethical failings. But this is precisely how so many in the general public seem to have responded.
While the media spends all week congratulating Hollywood for its moving performance at the Golden Globes, we should keep in mind that none of the people who took the stage or sat in that auditorium — not a single one of them — spoke out against Hollywood's sex abuse problem prior to October of this past year. What changed in October? The problem became public knowledge, leaving every actor and actress in the business no choice but to finally "take a stand." The common threads explaining both their silence and their conveniently timed, self-congratulatory protest are these: self-preservation and professional ambition.
These cowards — both the men and the women, equally — not only tolerated the predators in their midst but heaped adulation on them for years. Woody Allen won the lifetime achievement at these same Golden Globes only four years ago. Meryl Streep went on stage at the Golden Globes in 2012 and called Harvey Weinstein a "god." Roman Polanski, child rapist, received a standing ovation at the Academy Awards in 2002. The list goes on. Natalie Portman is being praised for taking a bratty little swipe at the "all-male" directing award nominees, but she didn't seem to have much problem with Hollywood's male predators last year when she wined and dined with Kevin Spacey, a man well known in the industry for his affinity for underage boys.
They all praised and befriended the predators and begged to be in their films when their career ambitions were best served by doing so. But now that Weinstein and his ilk are no longer useful, their former lickspittles are happy to jump on the dogpile. It's phony. All of it. It's a charade. It's theater. These people are doing the only thing they know how to do: acting.
And even now, as the frauds pledge that "time's up" and "things have changed" and so on, still, the worst form of sexual abuse rampant in Hollywood is that suffered by children, especially young boys, and not a single one of those black-cloaked crusaders at the Globes had anything to say about that issue. I would wager that the vast majority of attendees had direct knowledge of Hollywood's pedophilia problem, and I would wager just as confidently that none of them will say a word about it until the scandal hits the front page and they are left no choice in the matter. If any of these "brave" and "inspiring" celebrities really want to do something brave and inspiring, they can come out now, before they are forced, and specifically name the child rapists in Hollywood. I'm sure Oprah has heard stories. Meryl Streep, too. Tom Hanks. All of them. So, let's hear it, guys. Put your ample amounts of money where your constantly yapping mouths are.
Of course.
See, there are very few heroes in Hollywood — if any at all — and none of them appeared on stage at the Golden Globes last night.
Tamara Davis
Recon Secure Computing
Thanks to Carl. How wonderful to have this in my backyard
(Lengthy article about a very serious issue close to San Diego and LA!  More on the San Onofre problems here: https://www.counterpunch.org/2013/06/07/san-onofre-is-dead-the-nuclear-waste-isnt/  &  http://www.fairewinds.org/search?q=San%20Onofre%20 )
"…The Biggest Nuclear Blunder Of All Time!"
By: Brett Redmayne-Titley - Tuesday, January 9, 2018
"This is the biggest nuclear blunder of all time!" – Ray Lutz, Founder/Citizens' Oversight.
A corruption of human conscience has permitted 3.6 million pounds of highly radioactive nuclear waste to be put in thin-walled steel drums and buried forever – out of sight – in faulty concrete … one hundred feet away and inches above the high tide line of … the Pacific Ocean.
After Fukushima?!
Yes. The latest and perhaps most egregious American example of public health, safety, and local democracy being sacrificed maliciously to unseen corporate masters is ongoing in the courts and on the streets of San Diego County, California. The fight has begun anew on behalf of 8.7 million southern Californians who, thanks to media complicity, know little to nothing about another pending nuclear disaster at the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS), mere miles away. This is not the first episode in this saga, but the third: Public Good vs. Southern California Edison Company (Edison) and its allied minions of supposedpublic servants.
Thanks to Mike
Great Aviation History Resource!
The AIA has a fantastic research site that includes free downloadable info. Here is the link to various publications:
One of the most historic is the full list (minus a couple of odd years) of "Aircraft Yearbooks" between 1919 and 1970 Just right click (on a PC) on the file and you get it as a PDF.
Includes Heliport directories between 1970 and 1984 with some missing...
Item Number:1 Date: 01/09/2018 AFGHANISTAN - AIR CONTROLLERS EMPLOY SKILLS LEARNED FROM U.S. MARINES (JAN 09/MILTIMES)  MILITARY TIMES -- U.S. Marines in Afghanistan have been training local forces in techniques for calling in airstrikes, reports the Military Times.   During recent operations near Marjah, in Afghanistan's southern Helmand province, Afghan air controllers used ScanEagle unmanned aircraft to identify targets, which were then attacked by Afghan A-29 Super Tucano attack aircraft, said a spokeswoman for the Marine Task Force Southwest.   The highly trained Afghan controllers are "making a tangible impact on the battlespace," said Marine Capt. Robert Walters, an air adviser with the task force.   The Marjah operation was the first time that Afghan tactical air coordinators called in airstrikes on targets that were not stationary or pre-planned, the spokeswoman said.   The Marines expanded training for tactical air coordinators from three to eight weeks prior to the latest mission, she said.   The training focuses on the close air attack process, casualty evacuation, map reading and other skills
Item Number:2 Date: 01/09/2018 BURMA - SIX INJURED IN WEEKEND ATTACK ON MILITARY CONVOY (JAN 09/MYT)  MYANMAR TIMES -- Six Burmese soldiers were injured in an attack over the weekend in Rakhine state, the home of Burma's Rohingya minority, reports the Myanmar Times.   On Friday, roughly 20 insurgents attacked a military vehicle on its way to the hospital in the Taungpyo township. They used arms and homemade mines, the Burmese government said Saturday, as reported by BBC.   In a statement posted on Twitter, Ata Ullah, the leader of the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA), claimed responsibility for the attack.   ARSA has "no other option but to combat 'Burmese state-sponsored terrorism' against the Rohingya population for the purpose of defending, salvaging and protecting the Rohingya community," the statement read in part.   An analyst quoted in the New York Times noted that public statements from the leader are rare.   Rakhine state is home to Burma's (Myanmar) Muslim minority, known as Rohingya. Members of the ethnic group are considered illegal immigrants by the government. More than 650,000 have been displaced during what the government describes as security operations in Muslim majority areas.   On Monday, the British and U.S. governments condemned the ARSA attacks on government troops, reported the Myanmar Times
Item Number:3 Date: 01/09/2018 EGYPT - SISI ANNOUNCES WATER PROJECT IN RESPONSE TO ETHIOPIAN DAM (JAN 09/AHRAM)  AHRAM ONLINE -- Egypt will not allow itself to fall victim to a water shortage, says President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, as reported by Al Ahram (Cairo).   Sisi's comments came on Monday as he announced the construction of the nation's largest water treatment and desalinization project, which is expected to cost 70 billion Egyptian pounds (US$4 billion).   "This [project] is not for luxury but to resolve a possible situation," he said, referring to the ongoing tensions with Ethiopia and Sudan over shares of the Nile River.   Cairo began implementing the project three months ago, the president said.   Egypt relies almost entirely on the river for its fresh water. Cairo fears that Ethiopia's Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) project could affect the downstream nation.   Ethiopia denies that the dam will affect Egypt's share of the river's water. Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan have been holding talks during the last three years over the effect of the damn on the downriver countries
Item Number:4 Date: 01/09/2018 INDIA - GOVERNMENT CANCELS PLANNED MINESWEEPER PROGRAM (JAN 09/TI)  TIMES OF INDIA -- The Indian government has cancelled a major project to build 12 advanced minesweepers at Goa Shipyard in cooperation with South Korea, reports the Times of India.   The navy, which began efforts to buy new minesweepers in 2005, has a requirement for 24 minesweepers, 12 for each coast. The service currently has only four 30-year-old mine countermeasures vessels.   New Delhi directed Goa Shipyard to restart the process for the long-delayed program, estimated to be worth US$4.8 billion, after it terminated protracted commercial negotiations with South Korea's Kangnam shipyard.   The talks were hindered by Kangnam, which wanted to make changes to the original request for proposals, as well as some technology transfer issues, said an unnamed source.   The government has ordered Goa Shipyard to issue a new global expression of interest for the mine warfare ships, to be followed by a new request for proposal or tender, sources said
Item Number:5 Date: 01/09/2018 IRAN - IRGC SAYS IT HAS STOPPED 'FOREIGN PLOT,' ENDED PROTESTS (JAN 09/REU)  REUTERS -- Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) says it has ended protests that spread rapidly throughout the country since Dec. 28, reports Reuters.   Residents in protest-afflicted towns told the news outlet on Sunday that protests seemed to have subsided after IRGC forces and allies arrived in many of the towns over the weekend.   IRGC officials said that security forces had stopped the unrest, which they blamed on "foreign enemies."   Pro-government supporters also staged demonstrations across the country, bringing out thousands in several cities, including Tehran.   Parliament convened a hearing on Monday to discuss the developments with the ministers of interior and intelligence.   Several members expressed concern over the fate of students arrested during the protests. On Sunday, human-rights activists told the Guardian (U.K.) that at least three demonstrators, including a 23-year-old, had died after being taken to Iran's notorious Evin prison. At least 1,000 people have been arrested, according to official sources.   On Jan. 9, an Iranian lawmaker said that about 3,700 people had been apprehended during the protests, reported Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty.   In statements since the protests began, President Hassan Rouhani has expressed sympathy with supporters while condemning violence.   At least 22 people died in the protests that erupted initially in the eastern city of Mashhad
  Item Number:6 Date: 01/09/2018 ISRAEL - GLOBAL SUICIDE ATTACKS FELL IN 2017, BUT MORE BOMBERS WERE FEMALE, SAYS REPORT (JAN 09/TOI)  TIMES OF ISRAEL -- A new report by an Israeli think tank says that there was an overall reduction in the number of suicide attacks around the world, reports the Times of Israel.   The study by the Institute for National Security Studies in Tel Aviv found that nearly a fifth of the 348 documented suicide attacks in 2017 were conducted by women.   The vast majority of those were attributed to Nigeria's Boko Haram terrorist group.   The overall figure fell from 469 in 2016 and 452 in 2015. It was the lowest figure since 2013, the report says. Researchers acknowledged that the 348 attacks was likely on the low side, because of the difficulty in verifying data from the battlefields of Iraq and Syria.   Around 4,310 people were killed and 6,700 wounded in suicide attacks in 2017, says the study.   The decrease was attributed in part to battlefield losses suffered by the Islamic State terrorist group.   Islamic State-linked groups, including Boko Haram, were responsible for around two-thirds of the recorded suicide attacks, with much of the balance attributed to Al-Qaida and its affiliates, says the study. Those two groupings accounted for about 90 percent of suicide attacks around the world
Item Number:7 Date: 01/09/2018 JORDAN - INTEL DEPT. REVEALS ARRESTS OF 17 IN MAJOR TERRORIST PLOT (JAN 09/PETRA)  PETRA NEWS AGENCY (JORDAN) -- The General Intelligence Dept. in Jordan says it foiled a major terrorist attack in November 2017, reports Jordan's Petra news agency.   An intelligence operation led to the arrest of 17 people involved in a plan to carry out several simultaneous terrorist attacks, officials said.   The Islamic State-backed plotters targeted security installations, shopping malls and moderate religious figures, reported Reuters.   The terrorists planned to conduct a number of bank robberies and car thefts to bankroll their operation, said officials. They had also produced homemade explosives from materials purchased at local markets.   The suspects will be tried in a military court, authorities said
Item Number:8 Date: 01/09/2018 MEXICO - NAVY SEEKS U.S. MISSILES, TORPEDOES FOR NEW FRIGATE (JAN 09/DSCA)  U.S. DEFENSE SECURITY COOPERATION AGENCY -- The U.S. State Dept. has approved a potential Foreign Military Sale of weapons and equipment to the Mexican navy for a new frigate, reports the U.S. Defense Security Cooperation Agency.   The proposed US$98.4 million Foreign Military Sale covers six RGM-84L Harpoon Block II surface-launched anti-ship missiles; 23 Rolling Airframe Missile (RAM) Block II tactical missiles; and six Mk 54 Mod 0 lightweight torpedoes, the agency said in a Jan. 5 release.   The possible deal also includes eight Mk 825 Mod 0 RAM guided-missile round packs tri-pack shipping and storage containers; RAM Block 2 Mk 44 Mod 4 guided-missile round pack; two Mk 32 surface vessel torpedo tubes triple-tube launchers; 25-mm and 57-mm ammunition; spare and repair parts; and associated technical and logistics support.   The weapons and equipment will be installed on the Mexican navy's new Sigma 10514-class frigate.   Congress has been notified of the proposed sale and has 30 days to review it
  Item Number:9 Date: 01/09/2018 NORTH KOREA - OLYMPIC ACCORD REACHED WITH SOUTH IN TALKS; MILITARY HOTLINE TO BE REACTIVATED (JAN 09/NYT)  NEW YORK TIMES -- North Korea has reached an agreement with South Korea that will allow the isolated nation to send a team of athletes to the Olympic games next month in Pyeongchang, reports the New York Times.   The deal was reached Tuesday in talks in the village of Panmunjom, on the border between the two nations. Cho Myoung Gyon, the South Korean cabinet minister in charge of relations with the North, represented Seoul. His North Korean counterpart, Ri Son Kwon, represented Pyongyang.   South Korean officials reportedly watched the talks in real-time via closed-circuit television.   Under the terms, North Korea will send athletes, a cheering squad and a performing art troupe, reported the Times.   This will be the first time that North Korea has competed in the Winter Olympics in eight years.   It was not immediately clear if Pyongyang attached any conditions to its decision to participate in the games.   The talks were also expected to include whether the North had interest in discussions with the U.S. to ease tensions over Pyongyang's nuclear program.   A military hotline between the countries, suspended for nearly two years, will return to service on Wednesday, reported BBC News, citing South Korean officials
  Item Number:10 Date: 01/09/2018 PAKISTAN - ISLAMIC STATE TERRORISTS POSE GROWING THREAT, SAYS REPORT (JAN 09/VOA)  VOICE OF AMERICA NEWS -- A new think tank report suggests an "alarming" increase in Islamic State activity in Pakistan despite an overall decline in terrorism in the country, reports Voice of America News.   In an annual report published Sunday, the independent Pakistan Institute for Peace Studies reported that in 2017 there were 370 terrorist attacks, which killed 815 people across Pakistan.   These statistics reflect a 10 percent reduction in fatalities and a 16 percent reduction in overall attacks, the report says.   Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), also known as the Pakistani Taliban, was behind 58 percent of the attacks, representing Pakistan's "most potent threat." Nationalist groups, like those active in Baluchistan, were also behind many attacks.   In contrast, activity by the Islamic State appeared to be increasing in frequency and lethality. The terrorist group launched six attacks in 2017, killing 153 people.   Baluchistan and Sindh provinces were particularly vulnerable to the group, noted the report.   There was also an increase in cross-border attacks from Afghanistan, India and Iran, reported the Dawn (Pakistan). A total of 171 such attacks killed 188 people in 2017, says the study.   The growing threat of instability, home-grown extremism and a porous border with Afghanistan require Islamabad to revisit its counterterrorism strategy, the report concludes
Item Number:11 Date: 01/09/2018 PHILIPPINES - GOVERNMENT TO PROTEST APPARENT CHINESE MILITARIZATION OF FIERY CROSS REEF, SAYS DEFENSE SECRETARY (JAN 09/MANILA)  MANILA TIMES -- The Philippines will officially protest an artificial island constructed by China in the disputed South China Sea, reports the Manila Times.   China broke a promise not to militarize artificial islands in the waterway, said Philippine Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana on Monday.   Lorenzana seemed to be referring to a broadcast on China's official China Central Television (CCTV), which showed an island, Fiery Cross Reef, that appeared to have been transformed into a military base, noted Reuters.   "If it is true and we can prove that they have been putting soldiers and even weapons systems, that will be a violation of what they said," Lorenzana told reporters.   Confirming the base, the Chinese Foreign Ministry said the construction took place within China's territory and would aid regional peace, as well as maritime safety and disaster relief.   A spokesman for President Rodrigo Duterte said that China has continued to abide by an agreement under which Beijing pledged it would not reclaim more land in the area, reported the Philippine Daily Inquirer
  Item Number:12 Date: 01/09/2018 SOUTH KOREA - SECURITY MINISTRIES TO GET REGULAR BRIEFINGS ON N. KOREA FROM INTEL AGENCY (JAN 09/YON)  YONHAP -- South Korea's National Intelligence Service (NIS) says it will share intelligence on North Korea regularly with security-related ministries, reports the Yonhap news agency (Seoul).   The briefings will be provided monthly to the ministries of unification, foreign affairs and national defense in support of more consistent and effective policymaking, the NIS said in a release.   The first of these briefings was provided on Monday to Foreign Minister Kang Kyung Wha and Defense Minister Song Young Moo, the agency said.   Additional briefings will be conducted in the case of a crisis or emergency.   The NIS wants the ministries to be better informed on the internal and external affairs of North Korea and provide updates on Pyongyang's nuclear and ballistic missile programs, the intelligence agency said.  
  Item Number:13 Date: 01/09/2018 SYRIA - AIR DEFENSES FEND OFF ISRAELI STRIKES, SAYS SYRIAN GOVERNMENT (JAN 09/HA)  HAARETZ -- The Syrian government has accused Israel of launching strikes against an arms depot outside of the capital, Damascus, reports Haaretz (Israel).   Four Israeli planes launched attacks early Tuesday morning on Al-Qutayfah, east of Damascus, said Syrian officials. Ground-to-ground missiles were also used in the strikes, which crossed Lebanese airspace, they alleged.   Syrian air defenses stopped three separate strikes on the area, said the Syrian army. Three rounds of missiles were fired, the army said, at 2:40 a.m., 3:04 a.m. and 4:14 a.m.   One missile was shot down, while the others fell on military sites, causing material damage but no loss of life, said Syrian military officials.   Keeping with recent policy, Israel did not comment on the alleged operation.   Witnesses said they heard explosions in the area, which is known as a depot where Scud missiles have been stored.   The Syrian military also claimed it had hit an Israeli aircraft, noted the Voice of America News.   Israel has accused Iran of using arms depots in Damascus to supply weaponry to Lebanon-based Hezbollah, whose fighters support Damascus and Tehran.  
  Item Number:14 Date: 01/09/2018 TUNISIA - ONE DEAD, FIVE WOUNDED IN ANTI-AUSTERITY PROTESTS (JAN 09/TAP)  TUNISIAN NEWS AGENCY -- A Tunisian man has died and five others have been injured after anti-austerity protests spread across the country, reports the state-owned Tunis Afrique Presse.   Demonstrations erupted in more than 10 towns on Monday, reported Reuters. Protesters demanded an end to price hikes and tax increases imposed to stabilize the country's budget.   Forty-four people were arrested for carrying weapons and acts of vandalism and destruction, said a spokesman for the Interior Ministry.   Protestors burned down two police stations, looted shops and banks and destroyed other property in several cities, a government spokesman said on Tuesday.   The deceased, 55, died in a hospital west of the capital on Monday night, confirmed the Ministry of Health. The Ministry of Interior denied rumors that the man was run over by a security force vehicle, suggesting that he suffered from a pre-existing illness. The ministry said it was investigating the cause of death.   Prime Minister Youssef Chahed attempted to calm protesters, saying 2018 would be the last year of hardship for Tunisians, reported Reuters.   New taxes took effect on Jan. 1, raising prices on everything from gas and bread to housing and hotels
  Item Number:15 Date: 01/09/2018 USA - LOCKHEED TO SUPPLY AEGIS BMD EQUIPMENT FOR USS STOUT DESTROYER (JAN 09/DOD)  DEPT. OF DEFENSE -- The Naval Sea Systems Command has awarded Lockheed Martin Rotary and Mission Systems, Moorestown, N.J., a contract modification to supply Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) equipment for an Arleigh Burke-class destroyer, reports the Dept. of Defense.   The $10.2 million contract modification covers Aegis BMD 4.0.2 equipment for USS Stout (DDG 55), said a Pentagon release on Jan. 5.   Lockheed will procure, assemble, integrate and test the equipment for the destroyer, said the release.   Work under the contract will take place in Moorestown (54 percent) and Clearwater, Fla., (46 percent) and is scheduled to be completed by April 2019.  
Item Number:16 Date: 01/09/2018 USA - USS WASP AMPHIB SET TO BECOME FLAGSHIP OF 7TH FLEET AMPHIBIOUS FORCES (JAN 09/S&S)  STARS AND STRIPES -- USS Wasp has entered the Navy's 7th Fleet area of operations on its way to its new homeport in Japan, reports the Stars and Stripes.   The amphibious assault ship will serve as the flagship of the fleet's amphibious forces from Sasebo Naval Base in southern Japan.   The Wasp is replacing sister ship USS Bonhomme Richard, which has been stationed at Sasebo since 2012.   The ship's arrival was delayed when the Wasp was diverted to the Caribbean to assist with relief efforts in the U.S. Virgin Islands and Dominica after Hurricane Irma.   The amphib also provided aid to Puerto Rico after it was hit by Hurricane Maria.   The Bonhomme Richard will head to her new homeport of San Diego later this year, where the warship will undergo maintenance and modernization work, the Navy said
Item Number:17 Date: 01/09/2018 YEMEN - BACKED BY U.A.E. FIREPOWER, GOVERNMENT TROOPS CUT SUPPLY LINES BETWEEN HODEIDAH AND TAIZ (JAN 09/GULF)  GULF NEWS -- Troops loyal to the internationally-backed government in Yemen are continuing to advance against the Houthi rebels in the coastal province of Hodeida, reports Gulf News.   Backed by aircraft from the United Arab Emirate air force, forces loyal to President Abed Rabbu Mansour Hadi advanced to a line of farms between Al Hays and Taiz, the news site reported on Tuesday.   Monday's progress effectively cut off supply lines between the Houthi-held cities of Taiz and Hodeidah, the third and fourth largest cities in Yemen. Both cities are the capitals of their respective provinces, with which they share their names.   A major port city, Hodeidah is a key entry point not only for equipment but also the food imports upon which the country relies.   Dozens of Houthi fighters were arrested during the operations, and a number of military vehicles seized.   On Sunday, Shaikh Hamir Ebrahim, the Houthi commander in charge of the Hais and Al Khokha fronts in Yemen, surrendered to government forces, along with 50 of his men.   Pro-government forces say Ebrahim has expressed a willingness to work with them to fight the Houthi rebels, whom the Saudi-led coalition regard as agents of Iran, reported the National (U.A.E.).  

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